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State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council welcomes a new member

LACEY, Wash. – The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council welcomes a new council member today. 

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz appointed Lenny Young to serve as the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ representative to EFSEC. He replaces Dan Siemann as DNR’s representative. 

Young is DNR’s deputy chief operating officer. He has worked with DNR since 1989 in many science and management roles. He has represented DNR in several collaborative formats including Washington’s Forests & Fish Policy Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s northern spotted owl recovery team, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Natural Resources Subcabinet, Gov. Jay Inslee’s State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Governing Council, and Commissioner Franz’s Carbon Sequestration Advisory Group. Young holds bachelor’s degrees in zoology and wildlife management from University of Maine, a master’s degree in wildlife biology from University of Montana, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from University of Washington Tacoma. 

EFSEC is the state agency charged with providing “one-stop” licensing for certain types of major energy projects in Washington. EFSEC specifies the conditions of construction and operation. The council also manages an environmental and safety oversight program of facility and site operations.  

EFSEC is an independent council that is administratively housed at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The council consists of a chair, appointed by the governor, and council members from five state agencies: Department of Commerce, Department of Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission.